Sure Got Late Real Early is a singer/songwriter’s singer/songwriter record with a mellow classic rock vibe comprised of all sorts of talent waiting to bust out at the right opportunity....like when Katy Perry needs a down tempo B-side. The production is top notch with credit going to Jones and Band of Horses/ The National producer, Mike Brown. Now, I am going to admit that I just browsed back through the press release and came across the line about Sure Got Late Real Early having a Jackson Browne/ Eagles feel to the record according to a fancy rock writer. Turns out, that’s the same vibe I got before even getting the press release. Good job, Dennis Cook, you nailed it. Sure Got Late Real Early has that laid back California songwriting vibe all over it but in the yearning melancholy sort of way....like a Jackson Browne record. It’s also not a far stretch to think that Lindsey Buckingham and/or Glenn Frey might be lurking in the album credits because they stumbled into the studio after a nightlong bender to check out the action...40 years ago.
I think David’s gamble has paid off so far. Available Light is a SUPERB debut record. Most of all, it surprised me. Most people who would take off for Nashville from my hometown would be chasing that big country music hit, or so I mistakenly thought. In reality, Available Light is more like a Tom Waits/Randy Newman mash-up with a healthy dash of Warren Zevon thrown in there. Maybe a dash of Leonard Cohen on top as well. David has a gravely voice and the songs aren’t overly complicated, which is to say they have a classic feel to them. Hugh Christopher Brown’s production isn’t fancy but it is really on point (Which is kind of a Hoosier hallmark, if I say so myself. Not bad for a Canadian. ;) ). The album provides a clear picture of the vision while remaining rough around the edges, but in just the right places; naturally, unforced. Each song is capable of standing out or standing on it’s own while complimenting the bigger picture being presented. They are each incredibly endearing in their own unique way, but familiar with each other...kind of like an Amish quilt made from tattered denim. Hoosiers, dude...I’m telling you. We got it going on! The track ‘Dog Tales’ really jumped out at me, but that is because it is a rocker compared to the rest of the album. The title track and ‘Easy Mistake’ are also very memorable. The latter is featured with a music video. However, like I said, it’s a complete album and a stellar debut that proves that it doesn’t matter when you get started, as long as you get started. Available Light will be definitely be going down as one of my favorite releases of the year. You can get it anywhere that you get your music
- The Grime
David Corley 'Easy Mistake' from S M T on Vimeo.